GUEST COLUMN: Get the vaccine and get rid of this plague | Columnists

I got the Hong Kong flu in 1969, and after that week of fever and gastrointestinal illness, I haven’t missed a year of flu shots. I haven’t had another wave of flu since then, and I’m very grateful for that.

I don’t understand the thinking of anti-vaxxers. In the United States, almost all new COVID hospital admissions and deaths are now due to unvaccinated people. The vaccines aren’t perfect. The Centers for Disease Control reports that about 150 of the 18,000 people who died from COVID-19 and fewer than 1,200 of the 853,000 people hospitalized for COVID-19 infections in May were vaccinated. The CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky stated that the vaccines work so well that “almost all death, especially in adults, from COVID-19 is completely preventable at this point in time”.

If you want a better chance of winning the life bet, skip the lottery tickets and get the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 infections have caused 608,000 deaths in the United States. We can beat this dire disease just as we beat smallpox and yellow fever and as we beat polio, measles, chickenpox, tetanus, whooping cough, typhoid, flu and more.

I’ve lived in countries where people die from preventable diseases, including the United States, unfortunately. I was protected by extensive vaccinations. Let’s do this in the US and then we’ll help ourselves and the rest of the world eradicate this plague.

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